Supporting the Hopes and Dreams of California’s Central Valley

Lisa Burke

Rest in Heavenly Peace October, 1965- April, 2024

There are few people in organizations who define this word. Lisa Burke was an anchor to JBMF for many reasons: historical and institutional knowledge that always came at clutch moments, as well as a cantilever to hold the organization to its core operational framework, yet also flexible as some of the most durable metals to allow JBMF to sunrise in creative ways. She was a dedicated JBMF employee for 13 years and our Chief Operating Officer.

The Sunrise Plan: A Spend Down by 2030

We are committing all of our resources toward building a strong, self-sustaining infrastructure that supports, fosters and invests in initiatives that create lasting change. Together, we can build a Central Valley where our communities can confidently engage democracy and have greater agency in decision-making.


The absence of a vibrant philanthropic network in the Central Valley is deeply felt. Philanthropy, government, and local institutions must do more. The JBMF is working to fill this gap through innovative investment as part of our strategic grantmaking in a region that has historically been underinvested in, we must take the time to understand the challenges communities face and respond to a better vision of the Central Valley. Learn more about our rapid response grantmaking by reading the press release for the "All-in for Central Valley Democracy Fund."

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#Allin4CV: Democracy Fund

A transformative chapter in our Sunrise Plan redirecting our spenddown focus to the heart of California. Centered on a multiracial democracy, inclusive leadership, and community-powered local journalism, our initiative targets the Central Valley—a region lacking philanthropic attention but vital to California’s future. Join our fundraising campaign, stand up for the Central Valley’s inclusive democracy, and collaborate on human-centered approach to grantmaking. Together, let’s shape a resilient and equitable future for the Central Valley and beyond!

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Our Mission Statement

We stand with the people of the Central Valley by investing in education and active civic participation in our democracy.

The goal for humankind and this nation is a society of perfect justice… for more than 200 years, American democracy has worked towards this goal, wrestling with momentous issues and strains, both internally and in the world at large. It has not only survived but it has been the beacon of hope for the world.